Published by First Second on September 30th, 2014
Genres: graphic novel
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The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo... until the gates shut at night. That's when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare's greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they've got what counts: heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails, in The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth.
Ian Lendler's hilarious tale of after-hours animal stagecraft is perfectly paired with the adorable, accessible artwork of Zack Giallongo (Broxo,Ewoks). And with Romeo and Juliet coming in book two, this is a promising new series of graphic novels for young readers.
Adorable, in a word, is what I would use to describe this book. I refuse to state the title over and over again, so I am just going to use an acronym to get through this: SZMRPM. Kay? Kay. Anyway…it was cute. Humorous. I never would have thought that a retelling of Macbeth using zoo animals would have been this entertaining. But it was.
The art was colorful, and amazing. I enjoyed the depth in so many of the panels. If you looked deeper, you would see something your eyes would have missed. Like a funny facial expression. Or an item that made the joke that much more amusing.
Like what snacks the vendors are selling at the start of the show. It’s just so cute!
And then you have the play itself, which was just a really unique way to tell the story of Macbeth. Macbeth was always my favorite of Shakespeare’s plays, and I always have felt it was so underappreciated. To me, it IS Shakespeare’s best play, and definitely maybe the most demented. To be able to take this play and turn it into a comedy of sorts, I was just kind of blown away by that. No, there is not a lot of depth, but all the good content is there. Like Lady Macbeth freaking out about the bloodspot that she can’t get rid of.
There’s not really much else to day. There’s not a lot of depth to this reviews as the book is only 80 pages. But I certainly enjoyed my reading experience, as short as it was. There is a Romeo and Juliet retelling coming out next in this same format, and I definitely want to see how they deal with that one. How do you make THAT humorous?
I guess we’ll find out.